The Seven Dials Trust

The Seven Dials Trust

At a glance

Causes

  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The Seven Dials Trust works
- To protect and enhance the built environment and public realm of Seven Dials, through the realisation of the vision set out in the ‘Seven Dials Renaissance Studies’ and other projects.
- To promote the safety and well-being of those who live in, work in or visit Seven Dials.
- To promote exemplary practice in the conservation of historic places.

The Seven Dials Trust was set up in 1984 to restore one of London’s ‘great public ornaments’ and to promote major environmental improvements in Seven Dials. The Sundial Pillar was unveiled in 1989 – the first project of its kind in London since Nelson’s Column. The Trust, a small voluntary body, has continued to work in partnership with local authorities, major landowners, national agencies and local amenity groups to promote and bring about exemplary environmental improvements in this unique and historic conservation area, home to strong and vibrant residential and commercial communities, as well as visitors from all over the world.

Activities

In this current financial year the Trust has:
- brought to fruition a 7 year project to replace all street lighting with bespoke facade mounted lighting
- designed, commissioned, raised funds for and installed c. 45 new street name plates
- raised substantial funds to begin commissioning specialist sections of the revised Seven Dials Renaissance Study, the key guidance document for this conservation area
- designed and raised funds for six street history plaques to be installed around Seven Dials
- continued work on the People's Plaques scheme : 20+ plaques throughout the area commemorating important individuals and institutions
-worked intensively with our two local authorities and major landowners on carriage and footway improvements, traffic management, decluttering and maintaining street furniture.

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